Why Factor 15 sunscreen is not enough to prevent the risk of skin cancer

Why Factor 15 sunscreen is not enough to prevent the risk of skin cancer

Why Factor 15 sunscreen is not enough to prevent the risk of skin cancer

9:29 AM on 1st June 2011

Protection: Scientists now recommend applying factor 30 to all exposed areas

Protection: Scientists now recommend applying factor 30 to all exposed areas including the back of the hands

Not enough: A top doctor has warned that Factor 15 sunscream may not prevent sunburn or the risk of skin cancer

Not enough: A top doctor has warned that Factor 15 sunscream may not prevent sunburn or the risk of skin cancer

STAYING SAFE IN THE SUN

Apply sunscreen (factor 30) to all areas that are not protected by clothing, including face, ears, and backs of hands

Pay particular attention to vulnerable areas, such as the nose, shoulders, tops of the feet, and back of the neck

Spread sunscreen evenly rather than rub it in

Re-apply after swimming or heavy sweating

Don”t use sunscreen to prolong time spent in the sun

If you are fair skinned, go without sunscreen for 15 minutes two to three times a week only to ensure adequate supplies of vitamin D can be manufactured by the skin; those with darker skins need longer